Be Forward Wanderers will have to part with K2.5 million in fines from their K12 million Carlsberg Cup championship prize money after being slapped with a third penalty in the competition.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has slapped Wanderers with a K500,000 fine following their supporters’ Kamuzu Stadium pitch invasion after defeating Silver Strikers 5-4 on post-match penalties to lift the cup on September 10 2016.
“Wanderers will also pay the cost of repairs for the damage caused by its supporters on perimeter advertising boards and other stadium equipment, which are estimated at K1 million,” Fam General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, stated in a press release.
The latest fines add to the K650,000, which the Nomads paid for perpetrating violence during a semifinal against Mangochi Police FC at the same venue.
Wanderers were also slapped with a K350,000 penalty for the sins of their panga-wielding fans, who clashed with their Prison United counterparts at Balaka Stadium in the quarterfinal. Wanderers won both games by 1-0 margins.
“Wanderers were unsuccessful in their appeal against the decision made by the Carlsberg Cup Organising Committee as regard to the Carlsberg Cup semifinal match between Wanderers and Mangochi Police,” Nyirenda added.
In the latest fine, Wanderers have since pleaded guilty to the charges of unsporting behaviours and bringing the game into disrepute, contrary to articles 24.1, 24.10 and 24.21 of the cup’s rules and regulations.
The statement quoted Wanderers’ General Secretary, Mike Butao, as saying that before the final, they in vain, sensitised their fans against invading the pitch.
“But all of us were helpless against the emotions of our supporters. Such emotions could have been handled by our security personnel, who unfortunately, were equally overwhelmed. We regret the incident and apologies wholeheartedly,” Butao is quoted saying.
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